Progress Updates for Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar Dredging and Sand Placement Project

June 14, 2018

Today work is being done in front of Ocean Greens and the second beach access for Caswell Dunes. All accesses are open except for Bob Spake Way. Large machinery is moving the slurry pipes down the beach. The dredge will be back up and running this evening. The large public parking lot on Caswell Beach will be closed beginning tonight around 8 p.m. until roughly early Sunday.

Weeks Marine Inc. estimates that if they are able to work without interruption, then they will reach the east end of the Oak Island Beach Villas on Sunday.

The 800 block of Caswell Beach will be the staging area throughout the project, even as they move toward Yaupon and East Beach, which means there will be some movement of heavy machinery between this section of Caswell Beach and the area of current construction throughout the project.

June 12-13, 2018

As of early afternoon, the active construction area that is fenced off is south of the Caswell Dunes community. The accesses at Oceangreens Lane (the far east end of Caswell Dunes) and the beach access at Pinehurst Drive (golf cart and bicycle parking are available here) are open. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

Per Weeks Marine Inc., the dredge is down again until Friday, but they are working to set up pipe and create sand ramps in the mean time.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot will be closed intermittently.

June 8, 2018

As of early afternoon, the active construction is just west of the large public beach access on Caswell Beach and includes the 700 blocks and portions of the beach in front of Ocean Greens and Caswell Dunes. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot also remains closed at this time.

June 7, 2018

As of 2:30 p.m., portions of the 600 block and the 700 block of Caswell Beach are closed as nourishment work goes on in this area. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

The Caswell Beach public parking lot also remains closed at this time.

June 6, 2018

OIA can report that at 12:45 pm today the dredge is running and Weeks Marine Inc. is currently pumping sand directly in front of the public parking access on Caswell Beach. The western edge of the construction zone closed to public access is just east of 713 Caswell Beach Road.

June 5, 2018

As of midday, the active work zone closed to the public includes portions of the 600 block and beach in front of the large public parking area between the 600 and 700 blocks of Caswell Beach. Please do not enter the work zone, which is cordoned off with orange sand fencing and caution tape.

The public parking lot remains closed at this time.

June 1, 2018

Week Marine Inc. reports that they are hoping to complete the nourishment work in the 100-400 blocks by sundown today and open these sections of beach back up to the public. The large pipe carrying the sand slurry will remain on the beach in these areas, with sand ramps allowing access to the beach spaced approximately 400 feet apart.

Caswell Beach’s large public parking lot will be closed for the next 10-12 days as the company uses this area for staging pipes and other equipment.

Work will continue in the 500-600 blocks and this area will be fenced off with a mixture of orange sand fencing and caution tape. The public should not enter this area for their own safety. There will be an small area between the sand fencing and the dunes where the public can walk behind the project to access an open area of beach.

They estimated that, at high tide, there is now approximately 125 feet of sand between the dunes and the high tide line. Previously this was only about 25 feet at high tide.

May 31, 2018

Work from the Wilmington Harbor Inner Ocean Bar dredging project is underway between the 100 and 600 blocks of Caswell Beach. Public beach accesses along this section of the beach will not reopen until work has been completed in this area. Machinery, trucks and gators may also be moving between this area and Weeks Marine Inc.’s staging areas located in the 800 block and at the large public beach access between the 600 and 700 blocks of Caswell Beach. Gators carrying the Caswell Beach Turtle Watch will be moving from the Town of Caswell Beach’s offices to the work area and along the length of the pipe to check for turtle nesting activity.

May 27-30, 2018

Beach nourishment is underway between the 100 and 300 blocks of Caswell Beach.

May 25, 2018

Caswell Beach Mayor Deborah Ahlers reports that the cutter suction dredge CR McCaskill will arrive at the Cape Fear River over the weekend and will begin pumping sand onto Caswell Beach’s east end near the entrance to the N.C. Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell as soon as the dredge is secured.

May 16, 2018

Guests will notice increased activity in the 800 block of Caswell Beach Road as Weeks Marine Inc. stages their equipment and begins mobilizing the equipment onto Caswell Beach over the next two weeks.